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NOW UNDERGROUND WATER BECOMES POLLUTED DUE TO INDUSTRIAL WASTE – TALOJA RESIDENTS FORCED TO BUY WATER AT HIGH RATES FROM PRIVATE SUPPLIERS

midc-taloja-4The residents of Taloja MIDC are extremely troubled due to the odor, waste and mosquito menace in the area. Navi Mumbai News Correspondent Milind Tambe reports. Though the industries in Taloja MIDC have been set up nearly 20 years ago, they still dump untreated chemical industrial effluents in the open drains here. The drains are used to dump waste, which leads to bad smell and mosquito menace here. To add to this, the nearby industries leave their untreated chemical waste in these drains. With water pipelines passing through the open drains, residents are being supplied extremely contaminated water. Locals say that even the underground water is being affected. The villagers who consumed water from wells and bore wells now cannot use the water except for domestic chores like washing clothes and utensils. The villagers say that due to this, the Panchayat buys water from private suppliers and they have been billed Rs. 40 Thousand so far. It may be recalled that last year, thousands of fishes had dies at the Belapur creek due to the industries dumping untreated industrial waste here. Though MPCB assured action even today, this scenario remains the same. Villagers demand that either the open drains be properly covered or the industries treat their waste. Under Article 21 & 51A, our Constitution guarantees right to life, which includes right to health and also to quality of life. Apart from this in December 2000, Hon’ Justice M J Rao and Justice M B Shah of the Supreme Court have held, “the right to access to drinking water is the fundamental to life and there is a duty on the state, under article 21 of the constitution to provide clean drinking water to its citizens.” However, unfortunately for the city, these laws and rulings are being violated under the nose of the law enforcers.

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